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ISLAMABAD: National Assembly was informed Wednesday that during last one year five Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) working in the country received Rs404.881 million foreign funding for various projects.

The House was informed in the written reply to a question by MNA Shagufta Jamani that these NGOs include Hyderabad Relief and Rehabilitation Trust, Friends Welfare Association, Social Services Program, Health and Education Development Society and Sahil.

As mentioned in the replies to the Questions, Hyderabad Relief and Rehabilitation received Rs2.620 million from Hyderabad Foundation USA to execute projects in the Sindh province; Friends Welfare Association received Rs300 million from KNK Japan to execute projects in KP; Social Services Program received Rs15.722 million from UNDP for projects in KP; Health and Education Development Society received Rs52.600 million from UNOCHA for projects in Punjab, KP, Sindh and FATA while Sahil NGO received Rs33.937 million from Royal Norwegian Embassy for projects in all four provinces.

The House was informed that Economic Affairs Division only registers NGOs receiving foreign funding. As the process of registering such NGOs had started in October 2016 so only five NGOs getting foreign funding have so far been registered.

Therefore, no record of previous funding of NGOs is available with the Economic Affairs Division except the foreign funding of Rs404.881 million reflected in Project Action Plan of the mentioned five NGOs.

Copyright APP (Associated Press of Pakistan), 2017

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